The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has said that the first Lagos International Table Tennis Classics will help players to garner point for world ranking.
The ITTF-approved tournament is the highest prize money tournament to be staged in Africa and it is organized by the Main Organising Committee of Lagos International Sports Classics in collaboration with the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF).
According to member of the ITTF Board of Directors, Olabanji Oladapo, the tournament has been sanctioned by the world table tennis ruling body and for this, players are expected to use the competition to amass point for their ranking in the world.
“The Lagos Classics is an ATTF / ITTF approved competition. Hence, it offers Nigerian players in the top three an opportunity to score points and be ranked by the ITTF. Other players that are coming will also use the tournament to improve on their world ranking. So players that will participate in the competition must ensure that they put in their best.
Also, it is because of the status of tournament that attracted some of the top stars to confirm their participation for the competition,” he said.
The ATTF Vice President added: “Egypt’s Omar Assar participating in Lagos Classics is a boost to the newly introduced competition. Since it is an ITTF approved event, he is coming for the prize money and to score points, which will improve his position in the ITTF ranking.